MANILA, Dec. 6, 2016 — Condoms should not be made available over the counter, a Catholic bishop said, saying easy access to the contraceptive increases risky behavior among the youth.
In an interview over Radio Veritas on Monday, Bishop Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon claimed that making birth control easily accessible to just anyone, especially the youth, is tantamount to encouraging them to do “immoral” activities.
“That is absolutely immoral, absolutely irresponsible. That is really a terrible practice. In my opinion, by doing that (making condoms easily available), it would make our people immoral and make our people unchristian,” stressed the prelate.
“We would like the government to really to do their best not to make those things available like selling simple things to our people,” he said. “I think there should be no availability of condoms over the counter.”
The bishop also opposed the Health department’s plan to distribute condoms in public high schools to prevent the spread of HIV-AIDS among the youth.
“Using condom is not even safe regarding the protection against HIV/AIDS,” he added. (CBCPNews)